Why is it all of the phones I am interested aren’t carrier subsidized? HTC unveiled the S743 at CES. This phone is pretty much everything I want in a phone:
- Windows Mobile Standard
- Slide out QWERTY keyboard
- WiFi and GPS
- Numeric Keypad
It’s a phone first, PDA / email device second which is exactly what I want. I really wish AT&T would pick this device up. Looks like it will be north of $600 unsubsidized at Best Buy, CDW, etc. Bleh. I like this phone better than the Xperia X1 I have had my eyes on for a while.
I still want to see one of these phones. I just read a review on PocketNow.com which proclaims the X1 as the best Windows Mobile device ever. There are a ton of pictures and videos in the review and the lack of one handed use still concerns me. It is nice to see that it weighs much less than the AT&T Tilt which is really a heavy phone. I recall reading somewhere that the X1 US carrier announcement should come out this week and I think it will be T-Mobile because my contact at AT&T has told me they aren’t going to have it. Bummer. I am also looking forward to seeing the AT&T Fuze which should be available in the next week or two as well.
I still don’t know what to get. It doesn’t look like the Sony-Ericsson Xperia X1 which I want is going to be available on AT&T Wireless (my provider) so getting one will be a challenge.
My AudioVox SMT5600 needs to go, it just doesn’t do enough any more, particularly after using a Pantech Duo for so long. Right now I am leaning towards the BlackJack II but I know as soon as I commit, something else I want will come out.
I like the HTC phone which Verizon (SMT5800 I think) has now but there is no way I am switching to Verizon to get it. I like the freedom GSM gives me. Get a new phone – pop in my SIMM card and it works! Travel outside the US – my phone works!
I am in a bit of a quandry because I mushed my phone, a Pantech Duo. About a week ago I had two of my girls and one of their friends with me on a hike through the Haw River Basin. The water was up a bit so it was a lot of stepping from rock to rock as we moved down stream and it was slicker than snot. Keeping two 8 year olds and a 6 year old from falling in was a challenge and at one point, I lost my footing and fell in the river, landing on a large submerged rock. Fortunately my fall was broken by my phone which was in my pocket!
It doesn’t work very well any more. Actually, it turns on but the screen is cracked and it was full of water. Fortunately I have an older Audiovox SMT 5600 (aka HTC Typhoon, an older Windows Mobile phone) which still works so I popped my SIMM card out and put it the old phone and was off an running. I love the simplicity of changing GSM phones – I have some co-workers who swear by Verizon but the flexibility you get with GSM is a huge benefit plus my phone works pretty much anywhere on the planet which is nice since I have to travel internationally a couple times a year.
So now what do I do? I miss the keyboard from the Duo more than I thought I would and my old phone is very sloooooooow. The phone I want (Sony-Ericsson Xperia X1) isn’t out yet and I don’t know if will be available from AT&T Wireless either. Hmmm – I wonder if I can return my phone? I can’t recall if we have insurance on our plans or not.